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Year 3

Maths for Sport?

Maths in Year 3 has been very interesting during Sports Week.  We have been concentrating on sports related maths before we go out to do our sport sessions each day.  Aerobic times-tables and looking at time has been featured, as many sports events are 'against the clock'.


Viking Bay invaded by Environmental Warriors

"Year 3 have had an amazing trip to the beach at Viking bay!

We have looked at learning environments before but did you realise what a fantastic opportunity a beach trip is for learning?

The children have used a map to safely navigate their way from school to the beach in a "walking bus".

They have conducted a treasure hunt where they have looked for and found smooth and rough objects, objects that are and objects that are not natural to the beach. They have used litter-pickers to collect rubbish and items that should not be on the beach and looked at the impact of each. How long does Styrofoam take to break down? Is rubber a natural material for the beach? They have found winkles and shells, seaweed and small creatures and have learnt how far the tide comes in when it turns in Viking Bay. There were some more practical lessons to do with wet socks and sand and how to get sand off your feet before you put your socks on. But it was a fantastic day and the children will be coming back to the beach in two weeks time when their next batch of beach learning is ready! 


Year 3 Environmental Awareness trip to Viking Bay

Bottle Rockets

As part of our ‘forces’ science topic this term we have been planning, designing, building and firing our bottle rockets. In groups of 3 or 4, we had to design a bottle rocket that could be fired into the sky using the force of air pressure. We had to design one that is light, aerodynamic and looks good. First of all we drew our bottle rockets and measured the fins and nose cone and decided what materials to use to make and attach them.

Once we had done that, we painted all the items then put them together. We then had to decide how much water to put inside the bottle, put a cork (with a tiny hole drilled in it) tightly into the top of the bottle and inserted a valve attached to a bike pump.  Mr Stone then pumped air into the bottle, building the air pressure and eventually forcing the cork and water out of the bottle and the bottle up into the air.

As you can see we had fun all the way through this project!

We are looking forward to term 3 being full of learning and fun. In History, we are moving onto studying the Romans, including lots of role play, research and an exciting trip to Dover Museum (watch this space).

 Excitingly, we start our swimming lessons this term. I know the children are (mostly) very excited about the prospect of swimming lessons with all their friends. It is a real joy to see all of the children develop their confidence in the water.

 In Science we are studying rocks and soil (types of rocks, how they are formed, fossils and what soil is) and this will involve lots of hands on learning including a chilly trip to the beach to collect different types of rocks and look for fossils. 

 We will be continuing to learn Spanish throughout the year and I am very impressed with how much conversational Spanish the class already have. Well Done Year 3 ! 

 Keep your eyes open for some pictures of the fun learning we are doing and our achievements. 



As part of our Literacy learning of non-fiction texts, we have been learning about lions; their habitats, their diet and why the numbers of lions are declining.

As part of this topic we did class and independent research and decided to plan a persuasive debate.

We used the topic of a village in Tanzania where there have been many deaths caused by lions. Every child in the class had a debate with a partner and one child was ‘for’ the killing of lions to protect the villagers, the other child was ‘against’ the killing of lions at all costs.

We had some very interesting points raised and the whole class worked very well in groups.  Here is a video of one of our debates.  I think you’ll agree, there are some very interesting points made.

The whole debate topic was a ROAR-ing success and we look forward to creating some fantastic information posters soon.

Watch this space for more of our interesting work and keep your eyes open for our work in the corridors if you are in the school….



We recently visited Dover Museum to support our history topic ‘The Romans’.  The day was a fantastic success involving genuine artefact handling and discussion with a hugely knowledgeable member of the Dover Museum team, a museum tour and a clay workshop led by Hannah.  The whole class engaged very well in all the sessions, asked some insightful questions, offered some interesting ideas for the uses of the artefacts and created a clay Roman Soldier (we are waiting for them to dry before we paint them).

We were lucky enough to have some spare time to look at the Bronze Age Boat (we studied the Bronze Age in the Autumn terms) and had a look around the Bronze Age museum too.  Seeing real life artefacts really helped to bring their learning to life and engage their interests.

I am delighted to say that the children were impeccably behaved and were a real credit to the school (as noted by the museum staff).  A big thank you to all the adults who helped, we couldn’t do it without you.

We are now looking forward to visiting the beach next term to support our science topic of Rocks, fossils and Soil.

Plant Diaries

As part of our Science Topic ‘Plants’ we have created individual plant diaries.  We started by soaking our seeds in wet tissues until they cracked and sprouted roots.  We then made sure the plant had what it needed to grow healthily (warmth, water and sunlight).  Once our plants had a small stalk and roots, we transferred them to a pot full of soil and placed in the sunlight.  Very soon our plants started to grow quickly and they are now ready to be taken home to plant in a garden or bigger pots. We are hoping to have some beans growing on them by the summer.

Throughout the term we have learnt about the different parts of the plant and their function, we have tested what the stem does by experimenting with celery and food dye, about what photosynthesis is and how important it is, how seeds are dispersed and the important job the flower does.

It has ‘bean’ a really engaging and enjoyable topic and I hope all the plants go to happy homes and are well looked after.

Term 5

This term I created a unit of work for Year 3 based on the issues related to the production of single use plastics and concerns regarding the sheer volume of plastic products that end up in our oceans.  This is a topic close to my heard as someone who has grown up on the beach in Broadstairs and has seen, first hand, the shocking amount of plastic that litters our coastlines.  I was thrilled with the way the children engaged in this topic and their commitment and enthusiasm is shown in their work.

As part of our learning, we conducted research into the production of single use plastic and the volume produced, the amount that ends up in our ocean and the damage this causes.  This was a cross-curricular topic which involved elements of Mathematics, Science, Literacy, Geography, Art and Design and Technology.  We wrote persuasive letters to our local MP, Craig McKinley, the Environment Minister, Michael Gove and Thanet District Council, regarding this issue in the hope that they could offer a solution or some support to try and raise awareness of the issue.  This topic culminated in a whole school assembly, which the children delivered superbly and we are waiting to organise a local beach clean.  I wanted the children to understand the importance of this issue and the ways in which we can reduce our consumption and production of single use plastics and I believe they all felt inspired by this topic and produced some incredibly powerful writing and detailed research.

I feel the message will really hit home if the children can see themselves the difference they can make to our local community and perhaps even further afield.

Please keep a look our for our plastic pollution board coming soon in the school.

This was our response from the Department for Environment

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“Through the love of Jesus we can navigate life’s journey”“Living out our 5 school values: Belonging, Caring, Enjoying, Respect, Teamwork”






We are members of many families and our school has strong links with the parish and the local community.

We care for God’s world and we appreciate its beauty and each other.

Create life long memories in a nurturing safe environment.

We are open to the opinions of others and celebrate our differences.

Working together with parents and agencies to achieve our best.

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.